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26A Ordinary Time – Children
26A Ordinary Time – Children
September 27, 2020
Images from the Readings
- Later changed his mind
- He didn’t go
- Which one obeyed?
- God is fair
- Be united
SOURCE: Catholic Diocese of Auckland
God will always forgive us
Today in our First Reading, Jesus tells us that even when we make mistakes, or really do something that we know is wrong, God continues to love us. Who can you think of who is also ready to forgive you because he or she loves you?
Sometimes, others hurt us by the bad things they do. Is it easy for us to forgive them? Have you ever forgiven someone? Do you think that Jesus is telling us that we should all be ready to forgive one another?
If we hurt another person or do something wrong like telling stories about others, or taking things that do not belong to us, what do we need to do so that we can be forgiven?
Let’s listen again to the Responsorial Psalm.
In the Second Reading, Jesus is asking us to be good to one another. He wants us to do things that will make others happy. Sometimes, when someone has something that we don’t have but we would like to have it, we can feel jealous of that person. How do you think people feel when they are jealous?
Sometimes, we make others feel badly because we think that we are better than they are. It is even possible that we look at another person who is different from ourselves and decide that we do not want to play with them or even to be with them. Can you think of some times when someone was left out of a game, or left alone on the playground?
Jesus said that we should care about every other person as much as we care about ourselves. He wants us to love everyone as he loves us.
In our Gospel Reading today we hear about a man who had two sons. When the father asked his sons to do something, one son said that he wouldn’t do it, but he changed his mind and did what his dad wanted him to do. The other son said that he would do what his father asked him to do, but he just didn’t do it. Jesus is asking us, which one of the sons really loved his dad?
Jesus tells us that bad people will get into heaven, because they think about what they did and they are sorry. Then, God forgives them. At times, even when we try to be good, we make bad choices. We do things that we should not do, but when we are sorry, God forgives us.
Sometimes, people say they will do something, but they change their minds and they do not do what they promised to do. Jesus tells us that it is not enough to say that we will be good and follow Him. We must make good choices and keep our promises.
Jesus tells us the Good News that God will always take us back. He will always forgive us, if we are sorry for the bad things that we do. And, we need to forgive others in the same way.
SOURCE: Go to Adorers of the Blood of Christ for download link for this week’s PDF which includes the readings for the day, reflection and activity. Each lesson is created by Adorer-theologians using the lens of the spirituality of St. Maria. This spirituality is all about compassion, hope and hospitality. While this is the starting point for the lessons, you are invited to approach them however the Spirit moves you.
Those who live good lives will enter the kingdom of heaven.
It’s not enough just to say you will do the right things, you have to do the right things. Sometimes people will point out others who do something wrong, but then do the same as the others. We have to choose to follow Jesus all the time, in our words and our actions.
SOURCE: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Southbury, CT
Tips for CLOW leaders/catechists
In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that God wants us to make the right choice and even if we choose the wrong thing at first, we can always choose to do the right thing in the end. Like the first son, he said he wouldn’t work in the vineyard, but then he did the right thing and went to work. We don’t know why he did said ‘no’ at first, but then he thought about it and knew he needed to help his father.
We don’t know why the 2nd son didn’t go to work. Maybe he got distracted or maybe he never planned to go to work, he just said he would. God is happy when we say we will do the right thing, but we have to actually DO the right thing too
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To focus on how faith is lived in your family, brainstorm Christian actions and list them on a poster board. Place the poster in a prominent area of the house for all to see. Have the family place a sticker next to each action as they demonstrate it during the week.
Each day for family prayer this week, pray the “Prayer of St. Francis.”
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
Lord, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Look through the newspaper this week to find stories about people who actively live their faith.
Discuss a problem that is not being addressed that needs an immediate solution. This can be something at home or in the community. Talk about possible solutions. Pick out one thing that you can do this week. Decide on a time when you will do it together.
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Craft Ideas: Two Sons and True Obedience
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Which is Better?
In today’s gospel, Jesus told a simple tale about two sons: one who changed his mind and one who lied. Jesus then stung his adversaries with the moral of the parable. Honesty with the self does not allow prejudice, especially of the repentant.
Read Matthew 21:28-32. Ask your family members: Why did the first son change his mind? Why did the second lie? Discuss people who change so they can feel better about themselves and others. Then discuss why people put others down to feel good about themselves. What is the difference between the two groups? (Focus on the parable with younger children; they’ll get the point). Finish with a prayer. Ask God to change you and your family for the better.
Act it Out!
Choose 3 children to act out the story, one will be the father and the other 2 represent the first and second sons.
Say: “Has your mother or your father ever asked you to help out around the house by doing some chores?
“This is a story about a father who has 2 children named Jenny and William.
One day dad walked into Jenny’s room to find her making a beaded bracelet. “Jenny, we had a lot of wind last night and there are leaves scattered all over the yard. Would you please rake the leaves and put them in these trash bags?” dad asked. (Have the father repeat after you, speaking to Jenny)
Jenny said: “Aw Dad, I don’t have time to rake the leaves. I am working on this bracelet and I really want to finish it today,” (Have ‘Jenny’ shake her head no and pretend to work on something, turning her back to dad)
After her father left, Jenny began to think about what he had asked her to do. “I can rake the leaves and still have plenty of time to finish my bracelet later,” Jenny thought. She went outside and began raking the leaves. (Have Jenny go to a corner and pretend to rake leaves)
The father had gone to look for William. He found William watching TV. “William, there are a lot of leaves in the yard. Would you please rake the leaves and put them in these bags?” dad asked. (Have the father repeat after you, speaking to William)”
Sure, I’d be glad to,” William answered. (Have William sit down and watch TV)
“Great!” said the father. “I’ll leave the rake and the trash bags in the yard.”
When dad returned home, he saw Jenny raking leaves.
“Where is William?” dad asked. (Have dad repeat after you)
“I don’t know. The last time I saw him he was watching TV,” Jenny replied. (Have Jenny point toward William)
When dad went into the house, guess what he saw? There sat William, still watching TV! I wonder which of the two children pleased the father? Jenny, who said she wouldn’t rake the leaves, but did –or William, who said he would rake the leaves, but didn’t?
In our Bible lesson today, Jesus told a similar story to show how different people obey what God has called them to do. In Jesus’ parable of the two sons, the father asked both sons to go and work in his vineyard. Just as the two boys in my story, one son answered, “No,” but went and worked. The other son answered “yes” did not go.
In telling the story, Jesus wanted us to realize that what we do is more important than what we say we will do. Jesus wants us to answer, “Yes,” when he tells us to “Love one another,” but what he really wants is for us to love one another! Jesus wants us to answer, “Yes,” when he says, “Follow me,” but what he really wants is for us to follow him!
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What Did You Hear?
Diocese of Auckland provides the following sets of starter questions to stimulate discussion about Sunday’s readings.
⚪ Are you always being asked to do jobs at home? Do you do them as soon as you are asked? Do you moan and do themlater? Or do you say yes, promise to do it later and then forget? Did you enjoy the story today? Which of the characters is God? (the father)
⚪ Who do you think the two sons might be? (us) Did the older son do what his father wanted? What did the younger son do?
⚪ Why did Jesus compare the older son with the people that the chief priests called ‘sinners’? (they listened to John the Baptist and realised they were wrong, so they had a change of heart and tried to do the right thing)
⚪ Why were the chief priestslike the younger son? (they had also heard the message of John the Baptist but refused to admit they had made wrong choices or ask God’s forgiveness)
⚪ What was the message? (even when we do not always respond immediately and in the best way, God will always give us a second chance to make things right again.) What does this tell us about God? (God always loves us and understands that sometimes we can do better.)
Forgiveness always sounds very holy and pious, but when it comes to being wronged ourselves we can find that our feelings get in the way.
⚪ Jesus’ parables are always designed to challenge us to examine our own responses to God. The chief priests to whom this parable was directed were failing to recognise the reality of the situation. Have there been times when you too have been in this position? Times when you have said you were going to do something and not done it? How did you feel in breaking your promise?
⚪ Have you had experiences of being pressured into agreeing to something when you would rather have said ‘no’? Or failing to do something when you knew that you should act?
⚪ As you consider your response to the demands that being a follower of Jesus calls you to in your day to day experiences, can you identify what were the ‘no’ moments of the last few days? What were the ‘yes’ moments?
⚪ How could you consider changing your negative responses in the coming week?
SOURCE: Catholic Diocese of Auckland
What do you remember from today’s gospel reading?
- A man had two sons and he asked them both to go out and work in the vineyard. What did the sons say?
- The first son said he would not go. But what happened next? He changed his mind and went as his father had asked him.
- The second son said he would go. But what happened next? He did not go out to the vineyard.
Jesus asks a question about this story.
- Which one of the two sons did what his father asked him to do? The first son or the second son?
The first son went and did what his father asked, even though at first he did not want to.
- Can you think of a time when someone asked you to do something? Did you do it? Or did you just say you would do it?
- How did you feel afterwards? And how do you think the person who asked for your help felt?
- What will you do the next time someone asks you for help? How will you help other people in the coming week?
Why do you think Jesus tells this story? What is he trying to teach us? The man in the story is God. And we are all God’s children. So Jesus is trying to tell us that we should listen to what God asks of us and then go and do what is asked. It is not enough just to say that we will follow God in our lives. We actually have to go and do what is asked. We have to live our lives as God wants us to.
- How do you think we can do that today?
God asks us to take care of the world and the people in it and it is up to us how we answer.
- Theresia lives in Beirut, a city in Lebanon, where there was recently a big explosion. This explosion injured lots of people and destroyed many homes and other buildings. Theresia volunteers to help those people who have been affected by the explosion. She says: “As young volunteers we are working non-stop… providing food, water and medicines to those who need it most. At least 500 people approach our tents daily.”
- Proto, Fiona and Dana live in the north west of Colombia, an area with many different plants and animals, but also at high risk of climate change. In order to help care for the river and their area, they learn about how to take actions such as cleaning the river and raising awareness in their community.
There are lots of different ways that we can answer God’s call and help other people and care for our world.
What will you do this week to help others at home? At school? In your local community? And around the world?
SOURCE: Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) – Reformatted and adapted for browser
Loyola Press has guided questions (Grades 1-3, 4-6, and 7-8) on its website for catechists to help children better understand the upcoming Sunday’s Scripture readings. The questions help connect the Scripture to daily life in a meaningful way.